WINTER BREAK READING LIST:

Winter break is just around the corner & I’ve already got my reading list ready. I’ve got two Christmas theme books {which I’m super excited about!} Last winter (January 2017) I read “Christmas in Paris” while I was in Paris & it was beyond magical. Although I won’t be in London reading Anita Hughes’ new book, I’m super excited about it because I was in London earlier this year! It was such a beautiful city & I cannot wait until I can go back. {sorry I went on a little tangent} I just really like reading books set in places that I’ve recently traveled to! It’s so fun.

Do you have any books you want to read this winter? Anything you would recommend to me?

  1. Christmas in London by Anita Hughes

 

2. Let it Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson, Lauren Myracle

 

3. Looking for Alaska by John Green

 

 

4. A Wedding In Provence by Ellen Sussman

 

 

xo

 

CHRISTMAS WISHLIST:

Here are a few things on my Christmas list!

 

SCOOTER KEYCHAIN Rifle Paper CO.

 

 

FIVE YEAR JOURNAL KEEPSAKE Rifle Paper CO.

 

 

CHARLOTTE TILBURY LIP LUSTRE LUXE COLOR-LASTING LIP LACQUER in color High Society

 

 

CHARLOTTE TILBURY INSTANT EYE PALETTE

 

 

 

CLEO SUNGLASSES by Warby Parker

 

 

 

 

LOWA RENEGADE GTX MID HIKING BOOTS from REI

 

 

 

 

MARINA BEACH ONE-PIECE SWIMSUIT by Kate Spade

 

 

 

CHAMPAGNE GLITTER IPHONE CASE by Kate Spade

 

 

What are some things on your list?

xo

2 YEARS OF BLOGGING!

LAST WEEK WAS KRYSTAL IN THE CITY’S 2nd BLOGGING ANNIVERSARY!

Two years of consistently blogging has been such a huge accomplishment! I didn’t have any expectations starting this blog- I just wanted to do it as a creative outlet. I love writing, it’s such a passion of mine. I enjoy writing about all sorts of things: my favorite restaurants in the city, my traveling experiences, fashion, product reviews and even sometimes about my personal life.

So to those of you who’ve read and commented on my blog- thank you. I appreciate you stopping by, and taking the time out of your day to read my blog posts. It really does make my day!

I’m almost done with the semester, I wrap things up on the 19th of December, and at this point it really couldn’t come sooner. I’m stressed out- so much to do because it’s the home stretch. So I’m trying to stay on top of all my assignments, so I can pass my classes and graduate next fall. Fingers crossed!!

I think December is going to be an exciting blog month! I have so many ideas planned: Christmas wish list, winter break book list, vacation must-do’s in Maui (because I’m going there in January!!!), and more! So stick around…

xo

 

 

 

*all photos are my own, taken in Santa Cruz, Ca.

HELLO NOVEMBER.

Hi everyone!

Kind of sad to say goodbye to October- it wasn’t a very festive Halloween for me, as I had class ALL DAY LONG (and night), so that was a bummer. But, I told myself next year I am definitely dressing up (already have a costume in mind) and I’m going to be more festive! Life is too short not to be. Right?

November is going to be a great month! First off, it’s my TWO YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF BLOGGING (yay! blog post coming soon), my furbaby Lola Mae is turning 9 years old, and it’ll be Thanksgiving!

What have I been up to? Well ten days ago, I started this program called WHOLE 30. I am not sponsored, I just wanted to tell you my experience. If you have no idea what Whole 30 is, or what I’m talking about- I highly suggest you googling it & going on the website. CLICK HERE TO SEE WHAT IT IS.

I’ve cut out alcohol, grains, sugar, legumes, dairy, and soy products. It’s been HARD. I have 20 days left, which leaves me literally right before Thanksgiving day. Eeek! If you’ve been following my blog for awhile, you would know that I have Prolactinoma & that I struggle with losing weight. It’s almost impossible to lose 1 pound. So- I thought I would give this a shot. I’ve never cut anything out of my diet before, so I am eager to see how my body will do. Ten days in and I’m still trying to get over the hump of my body adjusting. I have cravings, but I’m staying strong. If anyone has done this before, I’d love to know your story! I will come back and tell you how much weight I lost/how I feel after my 30 days are complete. We aren’t supposed to step on the scale- but I have and I already lost 4 lbs. YES!! So that’s amazing to know, and I’m super motivated.

I hope everyone has a wonderful rest of the week.

xo

BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS: PART I.

Hey- remember me?

I have not posted a blog in weeks due to school. I’m taking 4 classes, and all are really challenging to say the least. I have been swamped with work, group projects, and when I’m not at school all I want to do is watch Real Housewives. This semester is off to a hard start, so I can’t imagine how exhausted I’m going to be come November and December. Ugh.

But enough about that- my 25th birthday is only a few days away {on the 30th} and this past weekend I celebrated it early! I hung out in San Francisco one day, and the next I took a day trip up to Sonoma County. The weather was perfect and sunny both days! I am already planning my next visit to Sonoma, because there’s still a lot more I want to see.

Here are a few pictures from San Francisco:

 

 

Here are a few pictures wine tasting and exploring Sonoma:

  • HEALDSBURG SHED

 

  • FERRARI-CARANO VINEYARDS & WINERY

 

I even went to Ford Cappola Winery- but I didn’t take any good pictures except for the outside & sipping on a cocktail by the pool bar! By then, I was too tipsy to focus on taking pictures!

 

 

I had such a beautiful weekend. I am looking forward to celebrating again with my family (and most importantly, my twin sister). Stay tuned for Birthday Celebrations Part II!

 

xo

BIRTHDAY MONTH: WISH LIST.

IT’S SEPTEMBER!

Didn’t August just fly right on by? Since I was so busy, I hardly had any time to blog. Also, with school starting- it’s been hectic. I’m officially a college SENIOR! It’s been a long time coming! “One more year left” is what I keep repeating to myself when things become too overwhelming. Although I CANNOT wait to be done- I’m going to try and savor the last moments of being a college student. {it’s been so nice to make my own schedule & not working}

Besides that- It’s my BIRTHDAY MONTH! I am turning 25 years old on the 30th! Now that is something I cannot wrap my head around.  Mid-twenties. WHAT? A lot of people I know are having babies, getting married, have “adult” jobs, and  it’s just crazy to think that this is an age where these things start happening. But I’m looking forward to twenty-five! I’m curious what new things I’ll do this year/ where life will take me.

Here are some cute things I’d like to have/ or really like at the moment:

SPERRY QUILTED DUCK BOOTS.

 

PATAGONIA WOMEN’S COTTON QUILT HOODY.

 

 

 

 

PATAGONIA WOMEN’S CLEAN COLOR SWEATSHIRT.

 

 

 

 

VASQUE BREEZE HIKING BOOTS.

 

 

 

THE NORTH FACE ISABELLA DAYPACK.

 

Notice a theme? I really want to get more involved outdoors: hiking, camping, etc. I need a pair of hiking boots! So that would be an amazing gift!

 

xo

 

SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK & HUME LAKE.

This past weekend I went camping with my twin, brother-in-law + our dogs. We drove to Sequoia National Park & spent a relaxing weekend there, hanging out. It was perfect summer weather. Since I’m starting fall semester again Aug. 24th, this was my last summer trip! I can’t believe summer is basically coming to an end, and Autumn is creeping around the corner. I’m ready for Fall though, it’s my favorite season.

Here are a few pictures from our time in Sequoia National Park & Hume Lake:

 

We got to see the biggest tree on earth: General Sherman. It was amazing!

 

 

I had a really nice time, without cell reception. Sometimes you need to disconnect from everything and relax. I hope to go camping again soon- I want to explore more places I’ve never been to. Lola was a little bit of a handful, but then again she isn’t used to being outdoors in the woods. haha! I think she’d do fine in a cabin though. I’ll have to remember that for next time.

I hope you all have a lovely  day.

 

xo

SOUTH OF FRANCE: NICE & CANNES.

As my time in Europe is coming to an end, I had to make my way to the South of France. It was going to be my last trip of the semester- but I pulled the trigger and booked my flight for one last destination… which I can’t wait to blog about (stay tuned!)

My time in Nice & Cannes was amazing. I was blown away by how beautiful the ocean was! Gorgeous aqua blue waters, rustic buildings, and the cutest restaurants.

CANNES:

 

NICE:

Nice had the cutest flea market, I was dying for the pink chair. Too bad I couldn’t take it home with me!

 

The weather was nice! Most of the time I wore a sleeveless shirt. I managed to get a little bit of a tan, too!

 

 

We climbed up to see the views of Nice & the waterfall. It was so worth it! It feels really good to be able to add this to the list of places I’ve seen. My favorite part of the trip was spending time with my girlfriends. Good company, good food, and the best views- what more can a girl ask for?

 

 

xx

Spring Break: London Edition.

I finally made my way to London! It was high on my list of places to see in Europe.  I was there from Wednesday morning- Saturday morning (just got home yesterday afternoon). I wish I could have spent more time there, as I didn’t exactly get to see EVERYTHING on my list. But- living in Paris, it’s super close & not that expensive to take a train ride or plane ride. The flight was less than an hour long (the quickest I’ve ever flown!) It was fantastic!

The day we arrived, unfortunately there was an attack in Westminster area. There was a shooting near the U.K. Parliament, which meant I couldn’t get close to BIG BEN. There were reporters and police everywhere, and streets were closed off. It is pretty eye-opening & scary knowing things like that can happen ANYWHERE. I just pray for those who were affected.

My overall thoughts on the city? I loved it. It was so refreshing hearing/being able to understand English! The British accent really is so charming! The shops, architecture, flowers were all so beautiful. We made our way to Notting Hill- Portobello Road Market, and we had our first English breakfast! I enjoyed every moment of it. The restaurant we went to was called The Duke of Wellington. I would recommend going if you’re in the area, it was delicious & the interior is adorable! I bought some great things from Portobello Road Market, of course.

 

 

Notting Hill houses are absolutely adorable. I loved all the different colors!

Of course we had to grab some fish & chips! We went to this place called Poppie’s in SoHo, SO GOOD.

 

Some other great shots I got in London Town:

 

The weather ended up being GORGEOUS. It was supposed to rain all weekend long, but only rained the day we got there. YES! I’d love to go back for another weekend trip, and this time make it a priority to see Stonehenge. I’d go back & eat Nando’s again (loveee), and explore more.

My favorite part of the trip? I’d have to say eating my first proper English brekkie! Also, walking around the city. I walked SO MUCH. One day I walked over 20,000 steps. ARE YOU KIDDING? Imagine how my feet felt after? OUCH. Oxford street was so much fun, as well as seeing Buckingham Palace! I enjoyed taking a lot of photos and seeing the red telephone booths.

As always, I feel very grateful for every traveling experience. Getting out of my bubble/eating new food/meeting new people has by far been my favorite thing about traveling. There’s still so much more to see.

I still have a lot more trips planned, so stay tuned….

 

 

xo

A WEEKEND IN AMSTERDAM.

So this is a blog post I’m super excited to write. Amsterdam is the first place I’ve traveled to, since I arrived in Paris in late January. Where do I even begin?

Amsterdam is BEAUTIFUL. The city is charming, the canals are gorgeous, and I really enjoyed my time there. It was cold & rainy, but that didn’t bother me at all. I’m actually wanting to plan another weekend trip— when it’s a little warmer & their tulips start blooming.

So, my friends and I took a bus from Paris to Amsterdam. It wasn’t bad at all, I mean, it was the cheapest option! We stayed at a hostel called “The Train Lodge“, which was conveniently located right by the train station (Amsterdam Sloterdijk)

It is an old train, converted into a hostel. It was cheap- and did the job! I would recommend if you want to save $$$. There are three bunk beds to each cabin, and bigger rooms hold six bunk beds. The train lodge location is ONE STOP away from Amsterdam Centraal Station (where everything is) so it worked out great!

We went to the Moco Museum and saw a BANKSY x Salvator Dali exhibition (AMAZING). We went to Anne Frank’s house (of course), also to the Heineken Experience (well worth it!). We walked around for hours, and explored the city. I LOVED EVERY MOMENT.

Train Lodge.

 

 

Moco Museum.

 

 

Coffee shops!

 

Heineken Experience.

The Canals.

 

Anne Frank’s House & museum. 

 

I can’t stop saying how much I loved this city. It is worth visiting! The people spoke English, the city is super clean, and the people are nice. I can’t wait to go back! Until next time, Amsterdam.

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xo